Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vintage Goat Carriages Photo

I received this photo thru a graphic/photo share group on yahoo and WOW, was I excited to see this! It was definitely a "sit up and take notice" event! (click on it for the larger copy to show)

Photo Caption: "The picture above was taken in 1904, and shows children in Goat Carriages in Central Park, in New York City."

I immediately knew I'd need to make sure Sue Weaver, published author, would also be estatic to receive a copy. I also know she'll immediately wonder where it came from! I'm with her!

Has anyone ever seen this before? It seems it might be more traceable with the date taken and being in Central Park, NYC. But then again maybe that was just a notation on the back and we can't find a source.

Was it a goat show or some other type show? Was it a "Sunday get-together" situation? The kids are all finely dressed and everything looks to have been cleaned, groomed and done up for this get-together.

In spite of all that, I LOVE this photo. Isn't it neat? It just makes me want to know all about it and more about working goats! Inquiring minds want to know!


  1. Hey, Shar... I found this after reading your email in Homestead Goats:

    "In 1869 goat carriage rides were introduced into Central Park to cater to children, and were often "laden with prattling freight." For years they were a popular feature on the Mall." - source: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/parks_history/concessions_3.html

  2. Here's some more:

    "In the late 1800's it was very fashionable for children to have fancy carriages pulled by goats in Central Park in New York City. President Harrison even had a goat cart for his children on the White House lawn." - source: http://marysmilkmonsters.blogspot.com/2010/04/goat-cart-training.html